During her tenure on SNL, Bryant was able to exist outside the Hollywood trope of being the plus-size punchline, and instead wrote the roles she saw herself playing, ranging from a hen madly in love with Ryan Gosling to Mother Earth to a latex-clad Glitter Revolution pop star (the latter being her favorite of the three looks). When she started on the iconic live sketch show, Bryant was 25 and (in her words) “very, very broke,” wearing ASOS dresses that she would cut herself (and which she cringingly admits were 100% worn on air), a far cry from the indie designer wares she wore in the last few seasons, and the Simone Rocha or Naya Rea dresses she’s often seen wearing on the red carpet. Partly due to a personal style evolution and partly because of the harsh realities of where plus-size fashion was just ten years ago, Bryant has transformed before our eyes. Below, we discussed this change, her favorite characters, and more.
You should absolutely meet your hero if your hero happens to be Aidy Bryant. The comedian’s giggles eviscerated the digital distance innate to Zoom calls as we chatted about finding her sense of style, what being a plus-size icon means, and how dressing as other people for a decade shaped how she sees herself. The Saturday Night Live writer, performer, and my personal favorite Ted Cruz impersonator, has left the show after ten years and a staggering 203 episodes. Bryant has been on my mind since I watched her rap about “her big fat ass” to Chris Pratt in 2014. Her presence on SNL gave me something I’d never seen before: a plus size star portraying anyone and everything.
Vogue: When you first joined the cast of SNL what was your style like, and how has it evolved over the last ten years? Aidy Bryant: My style when I first joined the cast was truly whatever I could make work. I did a lot of thrifting and a lot of cobbling together things to create something that felt like my style. Now, I feel less chained to early ideas I had about proportion or showing my waist. I feel more open to different silhouettes instead of being boxed in by the word “flattering.” SNL is home to such a legendary costume department. What was it like to, on the one hand, be able to wear literally anything you could imagine while simultaneously being faced with the non-existent fashion options for plus-size people, especially in 2012. When I got hired at the show, I had never been on camera and had never been styled or dressed, like, by anyone other than myself. What the wardrobe department really showed me was the huge power in having clothes that fit you comfortably. It blew my mind. They would do these fantastical things like buy two Marc Jacobs size 12s, and then combine them by creating a panel in the side so that all of a sudden I got to wear a fashion dress, but in a way that fit my body comfortably. I couldn’t believe how luxurious that was and to have them fit it to my every curve. It was life altering, literally. And what was devastating was being asked, “Oh my God, where could I get that dress?” and I’d have to reply, “It actually doesn’t exist. And it was Frankenstein-glued together.”
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